root look & feel
KDE at NerdWorld.org
Fri Jun 21 17:40:08 BST 2002
> I don't intend to start a war, but someone needs to state the obvious:
> I always log in as a user, but most of what I do as the system
> administrator/programmer requires root privileges. So no matter how
> hard I try to remain as a normal user, within 10 to 15 minutes I am
> forced to log in as root. Much of what I do during the day requires
> that I do it as root. Yes, I make mistakes. Yes, I've deleted
> necessary files (/etc/password on one occasion, the entire web site for
> a client on another - rm -rf in the wrong directory). Yes, I've caused
> myself major problems. *But*, the next thing I *have* to do requires
> root privileges or it doesn't get done, and if I don't do it I lose a
> bunch of clients because I'm not providing the service they demand
> (been there,done that).
I too, until recently, always ran root. My reasons weren't as good as
yours; it was simply my preference. I too, have also heard the
admonition about running as root. Therefore, I posted a query to
several newsgroups stating my reasons for running as root, and asking for
the fallacy of my reasoning to be explained. i got about a half dozen
replies which said 'cuz yer an idiot', a couple of dozen which listed the
bad things that can happen if you run as root (which you & I already
know), and 3 or 4 good reasons to not run as root.
The best reasons to not run as root that I got were:
1. You learn more about Linux by running as a normal user. You are
forced to understand the difference in privileges, and since Linux was
**designed** to be run as a user, you can "grok it in fullness" better by
running as a user.
2. You learn to appreciate what a typical user experiences when you run
as a user. This makes you more humble, and makes you a better system
Because of this, I decided 2 weeks ago to run as a user. So far, it
hasn't been too bad. You're not dancing with the devil if you run as
root, but I think that running as a user is better in most (but **NOT
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